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Archive for February, 2006

Last day at work

Posted by austinburns on February 23, 2006

It's my last day at work tomorrow! Hurray! I can't wait for my week off and my new job next Monday. All I have to do is make it through one more day. Lunch should be fun, plus I get paid, so it shouldn't be too bad.

Wish me luck.


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Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond?

Posted by austinburns on February 22, 2006

Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond?:

Specifically, the Ayer study stressed the need to strengthen the association in the public's mind of diamonds with romance. Since "young men buy over 90% of all engagement rings" it would be crucial to inculcate in them the idea that diamonds were a gift of love: the larger and finer the diamond, the greater the expression of love. Similarly, young women had to be encouraged to view diamonds as an integral part of any romantic courtship.

Crazy article detailing the De Beers diamond cartel and their plans to influence the "social attitudes of the public at large and thereby channel American spending toward larger and more expensive diamonds instead of 'competitive luxuries.'"

Pretty crafty.

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The Engadget Interview: Reggie Fils-Aime

Posted by austinburns on February 21, 2006

The Engadget Interview: Reggie Fils-Aime:

To be perfectly clear, the Microsoft and Sony strategies are based on overall corporate objectives versus what’s right for the consumer. That’s a reality. Microsoft is essentially trying to get you to put a PC in your living room because they are fundamentally a PC software company. Sony is trying to get you to put an entertainment hub that has Blu-ray technology because that’s important to their movie business and the rest of their entire electronics business.We are a gaming company. We are gamers at heart. We love creating great, innovative content and superbly designed hardware, that’s what we do.

This is exactly on point. This is also exactly why I like Nintendo as a video game company over Microsoft and Sony.


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Posted by austinburns on February 11, 2006

Just saw Capote today, and it was such a great movie! I am convinced that Philip Seymour Hoffman deserves the Oscar, no doubt.

Go see this movie.


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A Picture of Two Americas In ‘Brokeback Mountain’

Posted by austinburns on February 7, 2006

A Picture of Two Americas In 'Brokeback Mountain'

Great article analyzing Brokeback Mountain. Caution, there's some spoilers in the article.

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Mideast Oil Reduction Not Meant Literally – Center for Media and Democracy

Posted by austinburns on February 6, 2006

Center for Media and Democracy:

Mideast Oil Reduction Not Meant Literally
Topics: Iraq | U.S. government
Source: Knight Ridder, February 1, 2006"One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn't mean it literally," Knight-Ridder's Kevin Hall reports. "What the president meant, they said in a conference call with reporters, was that alternative fuels could displace an amount of oil imports equivalent to most of what America is expected to import from the Middle East in 2025." In his State of the Union address, Bush spelled it out: "America is addicted to oil." Why did Bush call to "break this addication" to Middle East oil when he didn't really mean it? "[O]ne administration official said Bush wanted to dramatize the issue in a way that 'every American sitting out there listening to the speech understands," Hall writes, adding, "The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because he feared that his remarks might get him in trouble."

Well, there goes the only part of the State of the Union I liked. I guess Bush isn't really ethusiastic about getting our dependence off foriegn oil.

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Congratulations, Pittsburgh.

Posted by austinburns on February 5, 2006

Pittsburgh just won the Super Bowl, for those of you under a rock with an internet connection.

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